Acting White

May 20th, 2013

Many of us would like to think we live in a post-racial society. And while we may be post-racial, when it comes simply to skin color, as the election and reelection of Barack Obama bears out, we are not post-racial when it comes to racial character and the perceptions and expectations of racial stereotypes.

Today, even younger generations seem inculcated with certain racial ideas; for which their experience and encounters either run consistent with or counter to their racials perceptions. These perceptions often seem to be hardwired into us, or at the very least reinforced by popular culture. UCLA law professor Devon Carbado examines this notion of racial character in his new book Acting White?: Rethinking Race in Post-Racial America.

My conversation with Professor Devon Carbado: